Looking To The Future: Who Is Greg Roman?

PALO ALTO CA - OCTOBER 23: Head coach Jim Harbaugh congratulates Andrew Luck #12 and Stepfan Taylor #33 of the Stanford Cardinal after the Cardinal scored a touchdown against the Washington State Cougars at Stanford Stadium on October 23 2010 in Palo Alto California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

This link is a few days old, but in Bruce Feldman's mailbag, he took a look at the best head coaching candidates that are currently assistants this year. On the offensive side of the ball, Feldman mentions Clemson's Chad Morris and Oklahoma State's Todd Monken, while on defense, Alabama's Kirby Smart, Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi, and Texas' Manny Diaz are mentioned as the most intriguing guys on the other side of the ball.

But at the end, Feldman threw an interesting name into the ring for the not-yet-vacant Boston College football head coaching position.

The last assistant I'll throw out there is in the NFL right now, Greg Roman, the former Stanford staffer. He came close to getting the Vandy job before James Franklin was hired. Roman is very well respected. He's Jim Harbaugh's OC in San Francisco. The New Jersey native might get a long look at a few college places later this year, especially at BC, where Frank Spaziani is in deep trouble.

Now I don't want to write Frank Spaziani off yet, but it would be a disservice to all of Eagle Nation if we didn't start at least looking around at some of the possibilities to replace him if the season does not end well. Much was made at the end of this season as many desirable replacements were hired by other programs, most notably Mike Leach. If this season ends poorly, BC is going to need a spark to turn around the program. Could Roman be the answer to BC fans prayers?

Greg Roman seems like he would be a perfect fit for Boston College. He comes from a great pedigree, creating a great pro style offense under Harbaugh at Stanford. Roman is from New Jersey, which of course is one of BC's biggest recruiting stomping grounds. Roman could put BC in a position to fight harder for some of the higher level recruits they have missed out recently under Spaz.

Finally, when critics speak of what BC should be, don't they always point to Stanford? A strong academic school that has been able to turn out championship caliber programs and NFL talent, all while keeping a strong graduation rate. Spaz isn't gone yet, but shouldn't we at least window shop just in case?

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